Viola 'Etain' Description
Viola 'Etain' is regarded as one of the most beautiful Violas and a delightful shade groundcover.
Highly fragrant, with a sweet scent of vanilla fill the garden air. Light yellow cheerful blooms are neatly edged in lavender persist from spring-fall.
Viola Etain grows to 10" tall and is hardy to USDA zone 6.
Blooms for a very extended period of time in a cool, moist setting.
Well-worth growing as an annual in colder zones for its perfume, beauty and length of bloom.
Clump forming viola is splendid when planted beneath taller Shrubs such as hydrangeas, or used as an underplanting for ferns, hellebore, and a host of other shade plants.
Special features: Blooms first year, Attracts butterflies, Everblooming, Evergreen, Fragrance, Long blooming
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6-10" x 6-10"
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Accent, Alpine and rock, Container gardening, Cottage gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Massing, Naturalizing, Rock garden, Small spaces, Under planting, Wildflower, Woodland
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Soil: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil. Prefers organically rich, humus, moisture-retentive soils.
Light: Part shade to full shade. Takes full sun in cool summer climates.
Water: Water regularly until established. During dry spells, provide your plant with supplemental water, aiming for about 1 inch of water weekly, including rain.
Spacing: 6 - 10 inches
Fertilizing: Application of a slow release balanced fertilizer in spring should provide adequate feeding for the growing season.
Winterizing: Violas benefit from a winter mulch applied when temps are predicted to be in the 20s. Pine straw or shredded leaves 2-4 inches thick should provide protection, and should be raked back in early spring as temperatures warm to above freezing.
Maintenance & pruning: Remove frost-damaged flowers and old, faded flowers to reduce chances of fungal blight diseases. Reblooms consistently if sheared back by half when blooming begins to decline. Can be divided every 3 years in spring or fall.
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